French Toast Strada


8 Servings


1 1 lb Loaf of Unsliced French Bread cut into 1” cubes
1 8 oz Package Cream Cheese cut into 1/2” cubes
8 Eggs
2 1/2 C Light Cream or Half & Half
6 T Melted Butter
1/4 C Maple Syrup


  • Grease a 3-quart rectangular baking dish.
  • Place half the bread cubes in the dish.
  • Top with cream cheese cubes and then the remaining bread cubes.
  • Combine eggs, cream, melted butter and syrup.
  • Mix well and pour over bread and cheese cubes.
  • Using a spatula, slightly press layers down to moisten.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and bake uncovered for 2 to 24 hours.
  • Remove plastic wrap and bake uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes or until set and golden brown.
  • Let stand about 10 minutes before cutting.
  • Top with apple cider syrup, a big dollop of whipped cream and a sprig of fresh mint. Method for Apple Cider Syrup:
    • Combine sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon in a small saucepan.
    • Stir in apple juice and lemon juice.
    • Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly
    • Cook for two more minutes.
    • Remove from heat and add butter.
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